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POLSC 291 Directed Research Opportunities

Prereq: At least one course in the field of research and permission of a Faculty Supervisor. Students may take independent study only with full-time members of the department. As a general rule, the students should have taken a prior course with this instructor. Departmental permission will not be granted without explicit approval by the instructor. Students should have their faculty supervisor sign the Independent Study Form and submit the completed form to the Political Science Department in HW1724.

American Funding of International Affairs: Congress and the Politics of Foreign Aid.
Contact Prof. Charles Tien.

 Funding for International Affairs includes money for international development, humanitarian assistance, international security, the State Department, foreign exchange activities, and military sales. How have these different funding accounts fared over time? What explains the changing levels of funding over time? Do presidents have more power than Congress in determining international affairs funding levels. Students will work on a theoretical and empirical research project to help answer these questions.